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Duke vs Northwestern

Postby brightyside » Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:27 am

Hi,

I would appreciate any comments or advice on choosing between Duke and Northwestern.
I'm still waiting on the Scholarship package so lets say the cost is equal for now.

Looking to get into Big Law Firms in either NY or Chicago.
It seems like NU places mostly in Chicago but has decent placement into NY law firms too.
However, it seems Duke's Chicago presence is almost non-existent but places well in NY and DC.

Any comments are appreciated.

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Re: Duke vs Northwestern

Postby cavalier1138 » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:08 am

If you think you'd prefer to work in Chicago, then Northwestern would be the better choice, all other things being equal. But the real answer is whichever one offers you the most money.

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Re: Duke vs Northwestern

Postby Rigo » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:38 am

Just follow the money. If you want a crack at Chicago, I'd lean Northwestern.

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Re: Duke vs Northwestern

Postby guynourmin » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:51 am

Rigo wrote: If you want a crack at Chicago

That is to say, Chicago is reputably much harder to break into without ties than NYC and DC. If you want Chicago and aren't from Chicago, NU >>> Duke. Money trumps all here, though, and you should follow it.

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Re: Duke vs Northwestern

Postby brightyside » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:48 pm

guybourdin wrote:If you want Chicago and aren't from Chicago, NU >>> Duke. Money trumps all here, though, and you should follow it.


Thanks for the replies guys.

If I have ties to Chicago (Undergrad in Chicago, Worked 2 years in Chicago before Law school), do you think I can crack Chicago from Duke?

Thanks

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Re: Duke vs Northwestern

Postby runinthefront » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:52 pm

brightyside wrote:
guybourdin wrote:If you want Chicago and aren't from Chicago, NU >>> Duke. Money trumps all here, though, and you should follow it.


Thanks for the replies guys.

If I have ties to Chicago (Undergrad in Chicago, Worked 2 years in Chicago before Law school), do you think I can crack Chicago from Duke?

Thanks

Yes.
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Re: Duke vs Northwestern

Postby Chrstgtr » Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:09 pm

brightyside wrote:
guybourdin wrote:If you want Chicago and aren't from Chicago, NU >>> Duke. Money trumps all here, though, and you should follow it.


Thanks for the replies guys.

If I have ties to Chicago (Undergrad in Chicago, Worked 2 years in Chicago before Law school), do you think I can crack Chicago from Duke?

Thanks


Possible. But look at what firms interview at Duke's OCI. My guess is very few Chicago firms interview there, so you will have DRAMATICALLY fewer opportunities to crack into the Chicago market. Generally, I would choose whoever gives you the most money if it is a signifigant amount more than the other. Otherwise, go to NU if care about getting Chicago

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Re: Duke vs Northwestern

Postby existentialcrisis » Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:18 pm

Chrstgtr wrote:
brightyside wrote:
guybourdin wrote:If you want Chicago and aren't from Chicago, NU >>> Duke. Money trumps all here, though, and you should follow it.


Thanks for the replies guys.

If I have ties to Chicago (Undergrad in Chicago, Worked 2 years in Chicago before Law school), do you think I can crack Chicago from Duke?

Thanks


Possible. But look at what firms interview at Duke's OCI. My guess is very few Chicago firms interview there, so you will have DRAMATICALLY fewer opportunities to crack into the Chicago market. Generally, I would choose whoever gives you the most money if it is a signifigant amount more than the other. Otherwise, go to NU if care about getting Chicago


At least at Penn we have some Chicago firms at OCI along with a specific Chicago interview program, and I'd assume Duke has something similar. Also, I'd think spending 1L summer in Chicago + mass mailing would be very effective if you have strong ties.

I definitely lean NU here, but if there's any kind of serious cost difference I think Duke is probably the play.

Edit: Which I now realize is basically what you said anyway.

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Re: Duke vs Northwestern

Postby personofinterest » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:53 pm

Rigo wrote:Just follow the money. If you want a crack at Chicago, I'd lean Northwestern.


Yup. I think you could get Chicago from Duke, but most people at Duke don't seek it out. Take the bigger scholarship, and let NU's location be the tiebreaker.

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Re: Duke vs Northwestern

Postby grades?? » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:56 pm

Duke did have a bunch of chicago firms at OCI and I know a few going back there with biglaw gigs lined up. I believe none of them had a hard time getting gigs there, but all had some ties before.



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